12 responses to Northern Indiana’s Pumpkinvine Trail
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    Melissa
    Comment on Northern Indiana's Pumpkin Vine Trail (December 1st, 2014 at 07:40)

    Northern Indiana's Pumpkin Vine Trail

    Yes,there are snow tires on the Internet but not much help to the Amish if stores in their area do not carry them.
    https://www.google.com/search?q=snow+tires+for+bicycles&client=firefox-a&hs=2mm&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=UGF8VLXJIoSqNsLpg4gG&ved=0CFsQsAQ&biw=1329&bih=934

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    Melissa
    Comment on Northern Indiana’s Pumpkinvine Trail (December 1st, 2014 at 07:43)

    Or this! This looks like a good hack for Amish. Snow tires made from zip ties. http://inhabitat.com/make-snow-tires-for-your-bike-with-zip-ties/

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    Comment on Tires (December 1st, 2014 at 10:47)

    Tires

    Hi Melissa,

    My wife knows the local Amish bicycle shop as she has had them put a carrier on her bicycle (just like the Amish have). So I’ll have her ask if they have snow tires. It’s just a point of curiosity.

    Thanks,

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    Garrett Kozlowski
    Comment on I love the trail (December 1st, 2014 at 11:19)

    I love the trail

    Well I finally made it out here and when I walk out my back door I am about 75 feet away from the trail and Krider garden is a hop skip and a jump away I can’t wait for spring so I can explore more of it, from the brochures I’ve read and the pictures I have seen it’s a sight to see.

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    Comment on Love the Pumpkinvine Trail (December 1st, 2014 at 11:24)

    Love the Pumpkinvine Trail

    I live in Middlebury and our family frequents the Pumpkinvine Trail. This trail has become sort of an Amish transportation link.
    Thanks, David Arment, for the post!

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Northern Indiana’s Pumpkinvine Trail (December 1st, 2014 at 11:43)

    It would be nice if “city fathers (or “mothers”, if there are any 😉 ) would help maintain the trail year ’round. It certainly seems like a much more scenic route, and is obviously of use to Amish “bikers”. No doubt, English bikers would also use it.

    We have a number of “re-purposed” former railroad beds in my county, changed into bike & walking paths. They’re very popular—if snow blows over the trail, people break out snowshoes & cross-country skis. i’m not sure how much they’re “maintained” in winter, but it doesn’t keep people from using them!

    Melissa, that’s interesting about the zip tie snow tires for bikes. I just saw a photo last week from a library with a “maker space” that was decorated with a garland made of thousands of zip ties. Who knew how many creative (and useful) things you could make with lowly zip ties!

    I’ll bet the scenery on this trail is beautiful in spring/summer/fall.

    Alice Mary

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    Leon Moyer
    Comment on snow tires for bikes (December 1st, 2014 at 16:46)

    snow tires for bikes

    I have seen bicycle tires with metal studs in them for snow and ice riding.

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    adam, VT anabaptist
    Comment on Question Erik... (December 1st, 2014 at 18:18)

    Question Erik...

    Hi Erik,
    I read often but dont post much. About 8 miles from us, just over the VT line in NY, a group of Byler amish have been moving in. They are coming from Fort plain, about 22 families, buying up abundant neglected farmland. They have been very busy this summer, 6 barns, 8 silos, 2 schools and many houses. Most seem to be dairying. I would like to take some pictures, put together a Post for you. how is this done by readers? Send you an email with pics attached? Thanks! Enjoy reading this blog!
    Adam

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    Lester Graber
    Comment on Growing up by the Pumpkin Vine (December 2nd, 2014 at 04:16)

    Growing up by the Pumpkin Vine

    I was born and grew up on a farm near Middlebury. The Pumpkin Vine either bordered to Grandpa’s, (and then Dad’s farm) or ran across it. I can not remember for sure as it was over 50 years ago. I was six when we moved off of that farm but it is still in the hands of family today. It would seem to be that when I was a kid we would see the train run there once in a while; now of course it is a hiking and biking trail. I wonder if anyone has history of when the train would last have run there to see if I remember correctly.

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    Mary Etta Miller
    Comment on Childhood Memories! (December 2nd, 2014 at 15:59)

    Childhood Memories!

    From 1964 to 1978, 14 years, I grew up on a farm 1 mile east of Middlebury, on 250, the Shipshe-Middlebury road. The Pumpkinvine Railroad bordered the back end of our farm, and I clearly remember the train running through there, whistle blowing and smoke rolling ! 🙂 But I don’t recall when it quit running….
    The farm is still in my family as well…. Still has the aura of “Home Sweet Home” !
    My husband, Lloyd, taught at the Amish Pumpkin Vine school, the last half of the term in 1986. Old stomping grounds! 🙂

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    Comment on Northern Indiana’s Pumpkinvine Trail (December 8th, 2014 at 10:34)

    LOVE the Pumpkinvine Trail. If you start in Middlebury and walk/bicycle TOWARD Shipshe, you’ll pass an Amish schoolhouse and a farmer who raises camels. Great area to visit!

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